Consul Common Kumar and members of the Chicago Division of Transportation lighting the diya on the official launch of Air India’s first nonstop flight from Chicago to Hyderabad at O’hare airport on Jan 13. (All pictures courtesy of Urvashi Verma)
Now passengers touring on Air India can fly direct to Hyderabad from Chicago’s O’hare Airport. The primary-ever nonstop flight service between Chicago and Hyderabad launched on Jan 13. The brand new route is welcomed by passengers touring from throughout the US to locations in Southern and Central India.
“It’s very lucky that the Indian Authorities organized a direct flight from the US to Hyderabad. I got here particularly to Chicago to take this flight,” mentioned Vijaya Mandeila who traveled from Houston to Chicago O’hare airport to take the maiden flight along with his spouse and two youngsters.
Mandeila was among the many first 238 passengers to board a full flight operated by the state-of-the-art Boeing 777-200LR plane providing eight first-class and 35 enterprise class seats on Jan 13. Mandeila says that whereas he flies to India solely as soon as in two years, the brand new direct flight could be very handy. “The primary port of entry might be Hyderabad, and all customs checks and baggage will straight undergo Hyderabad as a substitute of Delhi. It saves us time, particularly when touring with household and younger youngsters,” Mandeila mentioned.
Air India’s direct flights from Chicago to Hyderabad will function each Wednesday leaving Chicago at 2130 hrs. (native time) to reach in Hyderabad at 0040 hrs with home connections to Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Kolkata, Bangalore. The return flight from Hyderabad to Chicago will function weekly each Friday, departing from Hyderabad at 1250 hrs. and arrive in Chicago at 1805 hrs. (native time) on the identical day.
Consul Common Amit Kumar Commences Launch Ceremonies
The official launch of the primary direct Air India flight from Chicago to Hyderabad commenced with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Consul Common Amit Kumar at Chicago O’hare Airport on Jan 13. Amber Achilles Ritter, deputy commissioner Chicago Dept of Aviation; Benjamin Sipiora, O’Hare terminal supervisor for the Metropolis of Chicago; Chris Diaferio, government director of The Chicago Airways Terminal Consortium (CATCO), additionally participated within the ceremonies.
Hyderabad is the capital of southern India’s Telangana state, a major heart for India’s tech business and a cultural melting pot with greater than 4 dominant languages, together with Urdu, Telugu, Tamil and Hindi.
Consul Common Kumar said that the brand new route builds connectivity between the US and India, facilitating commerce, commerce, tourism and selling individuals to individuals exchanges. Consul Common Kumar took the chance to commend Air India for its assist in the course of the Vande Bharat Mission’s preliminary phases. “Greater than 45,000 individuals have traveled from Chicago as a part of Vande Bharat Mission flights in over 160 flights final yr. The Authorities has reached out to our residents stranded internationally to facilitate a repatriation and outbound worldwide journey of greater than 47.2 lakh individuals beneath Vande Bharat Mission to this point,” Kumar mentioned in remarks after the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan 13.
Chicago to Hyderabad Direct Flight Receives Large Group Response
Chris Diaferio, government director of The Chicago Airways Terminal Consortium (CATCO), which maintains and companies the city-owned tools that Air India makes use of, mentioned he was delighted with the enlargement and the continuing dedication and partnership with Air India. “We’re thrilled. We love Air India. We love that they proceed to assist their group with higher choices for journey. Air India has been right here from the very begin and is now including extra service, particularly when there are continued challenges for the airline business. We couldn’t be extra delighted,” Diaferio mentioned.
Consul Common Kumar additionally congratulated Air India and the workforce in Chicago headed by Vikash Shahal, airport supervisor and Sampath Jayasekar, senior gross sales assistant, on the enlargement of Air India’s companies within the USA. “We now have obtained an amazing response for this flight. It is rather encouraging to see the quantity of enthusiasm. We thank our passengers,” mentioned Shahal. Sampath Jayasekar, senior gross sales assistant who’s initially from Hyderabad, mentioned that he felt proud that his native state of Hyderabad now has a direct flight to the US. “Our flight right this moment is totally bought out, together with first-class, enterprise class and financial system. We’re getting a wonderful response from the group. Folks from Andhra are particularly excited in regards to the new route. The nonstop flights to Hyderabad are full for the subsequent three weeks,” Jayasekar mentioned.
Passengers have been provided a small token and particular meals to commemorate the flight. Air India has additionally resumed providing full scorching meals on board. A small group of group members participated within the launch’s diya lighting ceremony, adopted by Ganesh aarti sung by Shreya Addanki. Mythri Addanki, Miss Telugu Universe 2020, was among the many distinguished youth who joined the launch occasion. “It is a momentous event and an enormous first step in how we’re connecting Indians within the US and again residence. I’m Hyderabadi. I do know now we have an enormous group right here in Chicago and throughout the US. It’s a good way to ensure we’re related to our residence, particularly throughout Covid-19, when household is extra vital than ever,” mentioned Addanki.
Sunil Shah, a distinguished group chief and president of the Federation of India Associations (FIA) who attended the occasion, said, “It’s an thrilling second for Chicago and Air India. I believe so many individuals from Hyderabad will profit from this flight. Yet one more nonstop flight from Chicago will help enterprise vacationers and folks touring again residence.”
Neil Khot, Chicago space group chief mentioned that whereas a nonstop flight from Chicago to Hyderabad is an enormous feather within the cap and can facilitate India’s financial and technological enlargement between India and the US, he appears to be like ahead to Air India’s first direct flight to Mumbai.